Last updated: May 12, 2023
Fortynine Palms Oasis is one of Joshua Tree National Park's desert oases and is open to the public in the fall, winter, and spring. Located in the northern portion of the park, this oasis provides a refuge among the desert mountains. By providing a reliable source of water, this little oasis allows life to thrive in this seemingly harsh environment.
The oasis is reachable by the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail, a three mile out and back hike with 300 feet elevation gain in each direction. The trail is on compact dirt with an average grade of 8% and max grade of 27%.
This oasis is a sensitive biological area, please follow posted signs and do not enter the oasis as this is a crucial water supply for plant and wildlife.
In the summer, Fortynine Palms Oasis, its trail, and the parking area all close to allow bighorn sheep undisturbed access to surface water. The park is under drought conditions and herds in the area are increasingly reliant on the oasis spring to survive the hot summer months. The closure will remain in place until summer or fall monsoons provide adequate rainfall to increase water availability.